April 3, 2014

Kyoto : Nijo Castle & Gion Street

Gosh! Time flies so fast. A couple of months back I was in Japan, visiting the beautiful city of Osaka and Kyoto. Guess what? I am heading back again to Japan, but this time, to the city of Tokyo. 

I am so exciting! Looking forward to cherry blossoms and hanami parties :)

Anyway, since my flight will be leaving in a few hours, lets just go through some photos from my previous trip.

In Kyoto, we had the opportunity to visit Nijo Castle, the last place where the samurais stood. It was there, at this significant place that the Shoguns signed over their rights as head, to the emperor. That's where the Shoguns and Samurais era ended. 

Entrance to Nijo Castle

Signage at the entrance

Map of Nijo Castle

Gate Arch of Ninomaru Palace

Ninomaru Palace

Ninomaru Garden

Back view & Roof of Ninomaru Palace

View of Honmaru Palace from the top of one of the towers, which was burned down.

Close-up of gate

Walking down the another garden (I forgot the name) in Nijo Castle. Such beautiful colours of Autumn.
Next, we headed to the old part of town, which is known as 'Gion'. We started from the north and headed down south, walking past old buildings and cobblestone roads, passed by tiny streams and brushed past colourful people. Gion is a must visit if you are ever in Japan. Spend a day or two ambling down memory lane and getting lost in its maze.

Houses in Gion

Beautiful Willow trees and Autumn leaves

A stream with beautiful housed covered with wooden blinds

Artists and wannabe artists seating by the riverside; drawing, painting, sketching the buildings in Gion.

A newly-wed having their wedding photo shoot session

One of the many stone walkways in Gion

Cutest post office in the world :)

Anyone knows what is spit-roasting?

A famous temple in Gion, know for its peacefulness and serenity ( I forgot what it's called)

Another building at the temple

A busier section in Gion

We ended that long day walking pass the river and enjoying the sunset and cool air. It's been a beautiful day in a beautiful city.

Sun is setting along the river

Sunset on Kyoto River

Nijo Castle
- requires entrance fee
- train station stops right outside the castle
- historical place
- takes at least 2 hours

- free
- lots of eateries and few temples and parks
- old section of Kyoto
- spend the whole day walking around

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